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Texting ban comes to Wisconsin

Governor Jim Doyle signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this month.

The law, which is due to go into full effect December 1, 2010, makes it illegal to text while driving, providing exceptions in the case of emergency workers, GPS devices, and certain hands-free texting devices. This passage makes Wisconsin the 25th state to sign a ban into law.

According to the law, Wisconsin law enforcement officials will treat this law as primary enforcement, meaning that police officers any pull a driver over and serve them a ticket without any further pretense than texting-while-driving. In few other states, texting is enforced only in conjunction with another infraction.

The law follows a trend of texting bans, which comes after significant injury and death statistics related to texting on the road. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety cite numbers that include 5,870 killed and roughly 515,000 injured in 2008 due to driver distraction, which may include using a text messaging device while driving. Virginia Tech University study numbers agree, citing that a pressing a number pad increases the risk of a collision or near-collision 2.8 times as compared to unimpaired driving.

Reckless drivers endanger everyone on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s reckless driving, you may have unconsidered legal options. Contact the Racine reckless driving accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.

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